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ATHENS, Ohio -- Former Mary Washington standout Haley Kane has joined the Ohio field hockey coaching staff as a graduate assistant, as announced by 12th-year head coach Neil Macmillan on Wednesday (Aug. 10).
Kane joins assistant coach Rachel McCarthy and volunteer assistant coach James Biddick on Macmillan's staff.
A National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-America selection as both a junior in 2014 (second team) and senior in '15 (third team), Kane tallied 100 career points off of 36 goals and 28 assists (third-most in program history) for the Eagles and earned All-Capital Athletic Conference and all-region selection all four years of her collegiate career.
In addition to being a star on the field, Kane also excelled in the classroom at Mary Washington. She was awarded the NCAA Division III National Scholar Athlete of the Year by Zag Field Hockey and the NFHCA in both 2015 and '16 in the first two years of the award's existence, which is presented to the member of the first, second, or third team All-America team who boasts the highest cumulative grade-point average. Kane maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA. She was also named the 2015 and '16 Mary Washington Scholar-Athlete of the Year and was a four-year member of the Mary Washington Honor Roll, a four-year member of the NFHCA National Academic Team and a four-time recipient of the NFHCA National Scholar of Distinction award.
A native of Fredericksburg, Va., Kane graduated from Mary Washington with a degree in psychology.
"Haley was someone that I recruited when she was going into college," said Macmillan. "We've been able to persuade her to come out here and contribute to us in a coaching role. She was an outstanding player at Mary Washington. Being named the National Scholar Athlete of the Year twice is outstanding and shows her great dedication to her hockey and to her academics. I hope that she'll really contribute to the team in both of those areas. She'll be doing the coaching master's course here, which I think is very, very applicable and will allow her to take things she's learned back to the team that we'll be able to implement right away. She'll be able to have an immediate impact with that. I think she has a great personality that fits well within the coaching staff and will work well with the team."
The Bobcats finished 2015 with eight victories -- including three Mid-American Conference triumphs. Ohio qualified for the MAC Championship as the No. 4 seed, marking the 26th-straight season the Green & White qualified for the league tournament.
After visiting Louisville on Aug. 18 for an exhibition match, Ohio embarks on the 2016 regular season by playing host to Saint Francis on Aug. 26 in the first of three-straight home matches at Pruitt Field for the Bobcats.